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[THREAD] on the weapons of a group you probably haven’t heard of- BRAS, otherwise known as Baloch Raaji Ajoi e Sangar, a coalition of 4 Baloch separatist armed groups fighting for against the Pakistani government in #Balochistan.

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BRAS/Subgroups operate in a heavily mountainous region, with a very rugged landscape & limited vegetation- their operations appear to typically be IED attacks & ambushes at range. Arms sourcing appears to largely be from the Afghanistan conflict, as well as captured weapons.
As benefits a group operating in the terrain of Balochistan, BRAS is armed with a much larger percentage of 7.62x54r PSL & SVD DMRs than most armed groups. These, in conjunction with large quantities of PK/M type MGs, can reach out further than the typical 7.62x39 AKM.
As well as PSL, SVD, PK/M & T56/AKM, BRAS carries small amounts of FAL & G3 rifles, latter of which are likely to be captured from Pakistani forces. However, ammo standardisation seems to dictate 7.62x54r use - ammo is easily shared between MG/DMR & obtained from Afghanistan.
Members of groups within BRAS have also been pictured with AK-74 rifles (Original and Darra-manufactured) and M4 platform carbines, although this is rather rare.
In an great example of proliferation, BRAS forces (+subgroups, such as the BLA here) also carry M16A4, often with ACOG optics. These are extremely likely to be obtained from Afghanistan, where recent Taliban captures & corruption ensure a healthy black market.
The M16 is often used by groups across the world as an improvised DMR- typically it is regarded as more accurate than the AK platform, and the long barrel and flat-shooting nature of 5.56x45, make it suitable. The flat-top A4 also allows for easy attachment of optics.
BRAS is a very interesting coalition of groups, and really represent the environment in which they operate, and the local availability of arms. Recently, the clearly Afghan-origin M249 has appeared in the hands of the BLA too, as well as MG3, likely captured.
Heavier weapons: BRAS forces have access to RPG-7/Type 67 launchers, & warheads both locally captured and obtained from Afghanistan- mostly OG-7V-type rounds, but the group also uses M203 & GP-25 UGL to provide added firepower to their fighters. Note Afghan-origin PSQ-18.
Baloch separatist groups also have access to various recoilless rifles, although these aren’t often seen- here’s a Chinese Type 65, a copy of the Soviet B-10, ammo for these has been recovered by Pakistani forces.

HMG, such as this Chinese W85, are also used.

Whilst not entirely standardised, Baloch separatist forces generally appear to have carefully selected the weapons mix in their units and prioritise ability to operate at med-long range, as well as carrying plenty of squad level firepower: GP-25, M203 and RPG-7.
It’s also interesting to see how modern NATO platforms have now moved into the area- which is only likely to increase over time- although platforms such as the M24 SWS have not yet been seen in use. Also included are optics, APTIAL, etc. (Image below is BLA)

I am writing an article which will include much more detail, as well as exclusive images of arms in separatists hands- but that takes time and I thought I'd make a thread to keep you going..

cc @MENA_Conflict @oryxspioenkop @AbraxasSpa @Arslon_Xudosi
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